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Old 09-01-2004, 06:03 AM   #1
methuselah
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GRUB boots Windows 2000 but not Linux


I am in the midst of getting my Radeob 9600Xt Video Card to work properly under Red Hat Linux 9.0, and have installed a new kernel, Version 2.4.26

I used to boot the computer with a floppy disk, and decided I would install GRUB and use it to boot both Windows and also Linux.

My computer has the following hardware :-

AMD2600XP processor, Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394 Motherboard
ATI Radeon 9600XT Video card with 256mb RAM
1.024 GB Kingston RAM
IDE Primary Master Western Digital 10GB with Windows 2000 Pro /dev/hd0
IDE Primary Slave ASUS CD/RW 52x32x52
IDE Secondary Master Maxtor 160GB - 2 partitions both Windows 2000 Pro /dev/hd1
IDE Secondary Slave - Maxtor 30 GB 3 partitions, Linux boot 102mb, /dev/hdd1Linux Swap 1992 MB, /dev/hdd2. Balance - 27227 MB Linux main partition /dev/hdd3 with the ext3 file system

I haven't set up the grub.conf file yet, and have been trying to boot
linux using grub with the following commands :-

grub > root (hd2,2)

grub > kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.6 root=/dev/hdd3

which generates a "15: File not found" error message

I have also tried "kernel /boot/vmlinux and a few other permutations,
however I always end up with the File not found message - obviously I am
not satisfactorily identifying the kernel to grub

I can still boot the system to Linux using a floppy, and as I mentioned
above, grub is very happy to boot Windows 2000 for me using the
chainloader+1 command -

My /boot directory contains the following :-

[root@linux boot]# ls
boot.b grub.conf~ message.ja vmlinux-2.4.20-8
chain.b initrd-2.4.20-8.img module-info vmlinuz
config-2.4.20-8 kernel.h module-info-2.4.20-8 vmlinuz-2.4.20-8
config-9600xt lost+found os2_d.b vmlinuz-2.4.26
grub menu.lst System.map
grub.conf message System.map-2.4.20-8
[root@linux boot]#

I reckon I have to be close, but no joy so far, any help greatly appreciated

Thanks,

Sean W.





 
Old 09-01-2004, 06:18 AM   #2
gsd750
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I've just been through the same problem with a new FC2 install...(first time I've ever installed Linux)

if you can find the menu.lst file on your boot partition using cat:

grub> cat (hd?,?)/boot/grub/menu.lst

you will see the kernel arguments to launch from grub, then you can type that into grub to boot

grub> root(hd?,?)
grub> kernel (hd?,?)/boot/vmlinuz....
grub> boot

or you can use "configfile" to test it out:

grub> configfile (hd?,?)/boot/grub/menu.lst

then you can install grub to your hard drive with
root(hd?,?)
setup(hd?,?)

this was the article I used used to get FC2 to dual-boot with XP : http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=4622
after the FC2 install butchered my MBR !


(I had to boot with a Knoppix CD to find out where the hell menu.lst was!)

Last edited by gsd750; 09-01-2004 at 06:19 AM.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 06:21 AM   #3
Demonbane
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tried
Code:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.26
?

Last edited by Demonbane; 09-01-2004 at 06:22 AM.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 06:57 AM   #4
methuselah
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Thanks gsd750

I have found menu.lst in the /boot directory, I will reboot the computer and see if grub can locate it with the cat command, will have a look at the article you quote.

Thanks Demonbane,

yes, no joy
 
Old 09-01-2004, 07:07 AM   #5
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ok I just realized you have a separate boot partition, try this instead
Code:
root (hd2,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.26
by the way the grub prompt supports auto completion using tab

Last edited by Demonbane; 09-01-2004 at 07:44 AM.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 07:30 AM   #6
methuselah
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Thanks Demonbane,

You little beauty,

It works !!!

Many thanks

Sean W
 
  


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